By Pete Zarustica
Sometimes one is bigger than three.
Yasiel Puig’s three-run home run gave the Los Angeles Dodgers an early lead in Sunday’s decisive Freeway Series game with the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, but it was a solo pinch hit homer by Shohei Ohtani that won the game for the Halos, 4-3.
That four-bagger not only allowed the home team to creep above .500 again at 46-45, it kept the visitors (48-41) from reclaiming first place in the National League West when Arizona lost.
Hitting in place of Jefry Marte with the score tied at 3-all in the seventh, the two-way star slammed a pitch deep into center field for the Angels. The Halo bullpen was able to hang on the rest of the way and allow the team to take two-of-three from an opponent who came into the series with four straight wins.
The Dodgers grabbed an early lead on Puig’s blast in the second, but the Angels closed the gap to 3-2 on a two-run RBI single by Justin Upton in the bottom of the third. The Angels tied it in the sixth on a home run by Albert Pujols (13th of the year), setting up Ohtani’s pinch punch.
Andrew Heaney (5-6) pitched well for the home team, except from the Puig homer. He lasted seven innings, giving up three hits and and three earned runs. He struck out 10 and walked three.
J.T. Chargois (2-2) took the loss for the Dodgers.
The Angels will have Monday off and then host the Seattle Mariners for three games Tuesday through Thursday.